New York Fatal Accident Study:

New York’s Deadliest Roads and Fatal Accident Statistics

MoneyGeek found the deadliest roads in New York based on an analysis of 2,725 fatal crashes in the state from 2017 to 2019. Other factors were also evaluated to find what contributed to deadly crashes recorded in the state.

A total of 2,725 fatal vehicle accidents were recorded in New York from 2017 to 2019. MoneyGeek analyzed this information to find out which New York roads are the deadliest.

New York has a total of 240,489 miles of road. MoneyGeek’s analysis included 1,538 of these roads.

MoneyGeek also looked into other factors, including drunk driving, speeding, distracted driving, time of year and winter, and determined how each of them contributes to accident fatalities in New York.

Data for each county in the state were summarized, including the deadliest road in each county.

Key Findings

  • In New York City, distracted driving is associated with more fatal accidents than drunk driving or speeding.
  • About 20% of fatal accidents were related to drunk driving. These accounted for 549 of the 2,725 total fatal accidents in the state.
  • Speeding contributed to 28% of accidents statewide. That’s 756 fatal accidents from 2017–2019.
  • September typically has the most fatal accidents. Despite having the sixth-highest count of winter driving fatalities in the nation — the summer months are New York’s deadliest for driving.

10 Deadliest Road Stretches in New York


  • DEADLIEST ROAD IN NEW YORK
    3rd Ave. from 7th St. to 52nd St.
    Brooklyn | New York City
    3rd Ave. from 7th St. to 52nd St.
    • Fatal Accidents:8
    • fatalities:8
    • Crashes Per Mile:3.6
    • distance:2.2
  • Atlantic Ave from Rochester Ave. to 85th St.
    Brooklyn | New York City | Queens
    Atlantic Ave from Rochester Ave. to 85th St.
    • Fatal Accidents:7
    • fatalities:7
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.9
    • distance:3.8
  • CR-93 from Richmond Blvd. to 13th St.
    Islip | Bohemia
    CR-93 from Richmond Blvd. to 13th St.
    • Fatal Accidents:7
    • fatalities:7
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.5
    • distance:4.8
  • Lake Ave. from Denise Rd. to Phelps Ave.
    Rochester
    Lake Ave. from Denise Rd. to Phelps Ave.
    • Fatal Accidents:6
    • fatalities:7
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.2
    • distance:4.9
  • SR-27 from Albany Ave. to Harvard Rd.
    Babylon
    SR-27 from Albany Ave. to Harvard Rd.
    • Fatal Accidents:6
    • fatalities:6
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.3
    • distance:4.6
  • Bruckner Blvd. from Balcom Ave. to Jackson Ave.
    New York City | Bronx
    Bruckner Blvd. from Balcom Ave. to Jackson Ave.
    • Fatal Accidents:6
    • fatalities:6
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.3
    • distance:4.5
  • Woodhaven Blvd. from 91st Ave. to Dry Harbor Rd.
    Middle Village | Queens
    Woodhaven Blvd. from 91st Ave. to Dry Harbor Rd.
    • Fatal Accidents:6
    • fatalities:6
    • Crashes Per Mile:2.1
    • distance:2.9
  • Northern Blvd from 70th St. to Main St.
    Queens
    Northern Blvd from 70th St. to Main St.
    • Fatal Accidents:5
    • fatalities:7
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.5
    • distance:3.4
  • Flatbush Ave. from Avenue V to Midwood St.
    Brooklyn | New York City
    Flatbush Ave. from Avenue V to Midwood St.
    • Fatal Accidents:5
    • fatalities:6
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.2
    • distance:4.1
  • S.Conduit Ave from Sutter Ave. to Rockaway Blvd.
    Middle Village | Queens
    S.Conduit Ave from Sutter Ave. to Rockaway Blvd.
    • Fatal Accidents:5
    • fatalities:6
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.2
    • distance:4.1

Drunk Driving Involved in 20% of Fatal Accidents

Drunk driving contributed to 20% of fatal accidents in New York from 2017 to 2019. Of the total 2,725 deadly crashes during this three-year period, 549 were related to drunk driving.

Based on the number of incidences, drunk driving outnumbered the total fatal accidents involving distracted driving and winter weather.

Alcohol affects your driving abilities. Even a small amount can put you and others at harm. According to New York law, drivers are considered legally intoxicated if they have 0.08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC). That said, even a 0.02% BAC can make you visibly impaired.

Drunk driving does not always lead to fatal accidents. However, the costs of drunk driving can be extensive and long-lasting. Among the consequences are license suspension, restricted driving privileges, higher insurance rates and possible jail time.

Speeding Is a Factor in 28% of Fatal Crashes

From 2017 to 2019, there were 756 deadly accidents in New York due to speeding — that’s 28% of all total fatal crashes in the state.

Speeding is dangerous. Drivers can lose control of the car, which makes it harder to quickly stop if needed. Thus, increasing the chances of severe injuries or, worse — fatal accidents.

Distracted Driving Contributed to 13% of Fatal Accidents

New York recorded 360 fatal crashes involving distracted driving from 2017 to 2019. That means distracted driving contributed to 13% of total deadly accidents in the state.

While New York has lower distracted driving rates than many states, it certainly isn’t among the best. According to a study conducted by MoneyGeek, New York ranked as the 17th worst state for distracted driving.

September Had More Fatal Accidents Than Any Other Month

New York saw the highest number of fatal accidents in September. There were 300 deadly crashes during the month, which accounted for 10.7% of the total crashes.

Even though MoneyGeek’s most dangerous states for winter driving study found that New York is the sixth-worst state for winter driving fatalities in the nation, most accidents in the state occurred during the summer. August and July recorded the second and third highest numbers of deadly accidents.

Average Fatal Accidents by Month: 2017–2019
Month
Fatal Accidents
Drunk Driving Related
Distracted Driving Related
Winter Conditions
Speeding Related
% of Total

January

184

35

19

14

55

6.8%

February

174

46

35

8

55

6.6%

March

154

26

26

8

29

5.4%

April

189

39

22

3

56

6.9%

May

223

50

26

0

71

8.2%

June

248

50

32

0

80

9.2%

July

286

61

39

0

93

10.6%

August

289

69

36

0

82

10.4%

September

300

63

33

0

79

10.7%

October

224

40

34

0

58

8.9%

November

227

37

31

11

52

8.2%

December

227

33

27

19

46

8.1%

Driving Safely Protects You, Others and Your Wallet

Driving safely not only helps make New York roadways safer and reduces the risk of injuring others, but it also allows you to save money in the long run. The state requires all drivers to maintain auto insurance, which could help protect your finances if you get into an accident. For maximum coverage, MoneyGeek recommends getting a full coverage auto insurance policy.

On average, the cost of a full coverage car insurance policy in New York is $3,433 per year. That said, actual rates may vary greatly depending on where you live. For instance, auto insurance in Rochester costs $1,166 per year on average. A similar auto insurance policy in New York City, which has the largest population in the state, costs an average of $4,103 per year. That’s a difference of $2,937 annually between the two states.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that these rates are only averages. Your car insurance premiums may be different depending on individualized factors, such as age and driving history. The best way to find the cheapest car insurance company is to shop around and compare personalized quotes from multiple providers.

Fatal Accidents and Most Dangerous Roads: County Breakdown

The top five counties with the most fatal accidents in New York from 2017 to 2019 recorded a total of 1,100 incidents — that’s nearly 40% of the total deadly crashes that occurred in the state.

Based on the number of fatal crashes, the deadliest county for driving in New York is Suffolk. There were 346 fatal accidents in Suffolk from 2017 to 2019. More of these crashes occurred on SR-25 than any other road in the county. Speeding (87) and drunk driving (78) were the most significant contributing factors involved.

Fatal Accidents and Contributing Factors By County: 2017–2019
County
Fatalities
Fatal Accidents
Drunk Driving Related
Distracted Driving Related
Speeding Related
Most Deadly Road (Fatal Accidents)

Suffolk

373

346

78

34

87

SR-25 (17)

Nassau

220

206

30

15

53

SR-27 Sunrise Hwy (8)

Queens

196

188

27

34

43

Woodhaven Blvd (6)

Kings

186

184

20

36

35

3Rd Ave (8)

Erie

125

123

27

12

38

US-20 (8)

Monroe

127

119

26

16

43

SR-104 (8)

New York

103

102

13

23

18

SR-907L Fdr Dr (5)

Bronx

104

101

16

31

24

I-87 (7)

Orange

96

89

20

12

35

SR-17 (9)

Onondaga

93

85

21

8

26

I-690 (4)

Westchester

87

84

19

9

31

SR-987G Taconic State Pkwy (5)

Dutchess

60

56

9

7

17

SR-55 (6)

Albany

49

49

12

14

19

SR-5 Central Ave (3)

Ulster

52

47

9

8

12

US-9W (6)

Oneida

49

47

18

6

17

I-90 (4)

Saratoga

50

44

12

4

17

US-9 (4)

Rockland

42

40

2

6

10

SR-304 (5)

Niagara

42

40

4

3

7

US-62 Niagara Falls Blvd (3)

Oswego

44

39

12

2

16

SR-104 (5)

Chautauqua

32

32

4

3

5

SR-394 (3)

Genesee

33

31

10

2

8

SR-19 (3)

Broome

32

30

13

3

9

I-81 (3)

St. Lawrence

29

29

7

3

7

US-11 (4)

Richmond

29

28

5

7

8

Hylan Blvd (3)

Wayne

30

27

6

6

9

SR-31 (4)

Cattaraugus

30

27

8

1

11

US-219 (3)

Sullivan

28

26

7

3

11

SR-17 (5)

Greene

24

24

5

5

6

SR-23 (6)

Columbia

24

24

7

1

7

SR-22 (5)

Steuben

29

23

8

2

4

I-86 (4)

Delaware

23

23

4

1

9

SR-10 (5)

Cayuga

23

21

7

2

5

SR-34 (4)

Warren

23

21

6

4

6

US-9 (5)

Jefferson

21

21

8

4

5

SR-12 (4)

Schenectady

23

20

3

3

7

SR-5 (3)

Rensselaer

18

18

4

2

3

SR-7 (4)

Tompkins

18

17

4

0

5

SR-13 (2)

Ontario

19

17

2

2

4

Cr-4 (2)

Clinton

17

17

3

2

5

I-87 (3)

Putnam

17

17

4

1

6

I-84 (4)

Washington

16

16

3

0

7

SR-40 (3)

Livingston

15

15

3

1

1

SR-63 (3)

Chemung

16

15

3

1

3

SR-328 (2)

Tioga

15

14

2

1

3

SR-17 (2)

Chenango

14

14

4

2

1

SR-41 (3)

Madison

16

14

1

0

7

I-90 (2)

Orleans

19

14

2

1

4

SR-31 (2)

Fulton

14

14

3

3

5

SR-30 (4)

Schoharie

33

13

1

0

2

SR-145 (2)

Herkimer

15

12

1

3

3

SR-5 (2)

Montgomery

11

11

2

1

4

I-90 (4)

Wyoming

13

11

1

1

3

US-20A (4)

Seneca

12

11

3

3

4

SR-318 (2)

Essex

12

11

3

1

4

SR-86 (3)

Otsego

10

10

1

1

3

US-20 (3)

Franklin

11

10

3

1

2

SR-37 (2)

Lewis

8

8

3

1

3

SR-12 (3)

Allegany

7

7

2

1

2

I-86 (2)

Cortland

8

7

3

0

3

I-81 (3)

Yates

7

7

3

0

2

Cr-11 Chubb Hollow Rd (1)

Schuyler

6

6

2

1

1

SR-414 (2)

Hamilton

3

3

0

0

1

SR-30 (1)

Methodology

MoneyGeek analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration FARS (fatal accident reporting system) database using fatality data from 2017, 2018 and 2019. Currently, 2019 is the latest data available in the system.

About the Author


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Doug Milnes is the head of marketing and communications at MoneyGeek. He has spent more than a decade in corporate finance performing valuations for Duff and Phelps and financial planning and analysis for various companies including OpenTable. He holds a master’s degree in Predictive Analytics (Data Science) from Northwestern University and is a CFA charter holder. Doug geeks out on building financial and predictive models and using data to make informed decisions.


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